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The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research university.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) :

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of contemporary history (M / F)

  • Ref. 50014676 / OTP R-AGR-3614-17-C, Acronym : ESCH2022
  • 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 4 years, full-time (40h / week)
  • Student and employee status (48 months studies programme)
  • Starting date : 1 October 2019
  • The research project Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age : Sounds, Images, Ecologies, Practices and Materialities in Space and Time will investigate the contemporary history of Luxembourg’s south, the so called Minette region.

    It will be a sustainable contribution to the program of the European Capital of Culture Esch-sur-Alzette 2022. Six sub-projects will study the history of cultures, populations and territories of the Esch 2022 region from different perspectives and angles.

    They will trace back flows and circulations of ideas, people and goods between Luxembourg, France, and other European countries.

    Results will be disseminated to an international scientific public, and, most importantly, aim at engaging a broad public through different public history means and digital storytelling.

    The PhD student will work under supervision of associate professor Denis Scuto in the sub-project Reconstructing Streets of Esch : Micro-

    History of a Living and Lived Space .

    The urban and architectural landscape of Esch-sur-Alzette has not only been shaped by prominent names, such as Joseph Stübben, Gottfried Böhm, Peter Rice or Violet le Duc.

    The urban story of Esch-sur-Alzette tells a European story of the transformation of rural spaces in industrial towns by human work and population movements, and their multiple heritages today, comparable to regions like Ruhr, Lorraine, Nord Pas de Calais, Borinage.

    This study aims to reconstruct, by combining sociohistorical research with oral history and digital tools, the evolution of typical streets of Esch-

  • sur-Alzette as historic urban and social environments from 19th to 21st century : rue de l’Alzette as main commercial street;
  • rue Jean-Pierre Bausch and rue des Mines as streets of a worker’s district, rue Emile Mayrisch as street of a bourgeois district, rue de Luxembourg as a street with a socially mixed population.

    It is inspired by the pioneering studies of John Foot on a micro-history of one apartment block in the inner-suburb of Bovisa, Milan, over a period of 100 years.

    Moreover, the study continues previous research work done by Denis Scuto on the history of the Casa dei Romagnoli in immigrant worker’s district Hoehl in Esch-

    sur-Alzette. The project will draw on a wide range of documents, partly already digitised : population census, professional and industrial censuses, archives of the bureau de la population from Esch, archives of the Biens communaux office, alien policy files, private documents, photos, maps etc.

    The project will also represent the first step to a web-accessible interactive historical map of Esch-sur-Alzette.

    The project within this larger research theme of urban evolution of some streets from Esch is designed to combine micro perspectives and an urban history focus with the approaches of oral history, crowd sourcing engaging the local population and digital history.

  • The scale of research is reduced to the micro-level of streets, houses, individual life stories, families, events (White 1980;
  • Portelli 1985; Muir & Ruggiero 1991). The candidate will be a member of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), which is one of the three Interdisciplinary Centres of Luxembourg University.

    The C²DH is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research.

    It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.


  • Write a thesis on Reconstructing Streets of Esch : Micro-History of a Living and Lived Space
  • Contribute to the virtual exhibition Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age and mobile app Discovering the Industrial Past of Esch 2022
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